Date of Award

Spring 2024

Document Type

Honors Thesis



First Advisor

Joel Sander

Second Advisor

Dongming Mei

Third Advisor

Ruslan Podviianiuk


Dark matter, hardware development, software development, SuperCDMS


This thesis is a summary of a series of research and development projects related to the Super Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (SuperCDMS) experiment, which aims to directly detect as-yet undiscovered dark matter particles using germanium and silicon crystals cooled to cryogenic temperatures. My contribution includes the development of a printed circuit board to test 100-wire readout cables for possible defects and the design of three adapter boards to monitor temperature at different stages of the cryogenic system. This thesis outlines key stages of the development process, including printed circuit board design and manufacturing, hardware testing, and software development, and also describes current applications of developed devices in ongoing testing of SuperCDMS equipment before commissioning.



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